Check out these discounts and deals that we have found and others have shared with us. (We have not verified the accuracy of all the information, so be sure to contact the various establishments to confirm the details.) Please let us know if you find additional deals or discounts, or if you discover that any of those listed here have been discontinued. Thank you!
Educator Discounts are offered by a variety of stores (arts & crafts, bookstores, computer stores, hardware stores, museums, music stores, office supply stores, science stores, sewing stores, sporting goods, video stores, etc). Educator discounts are often available to home educators when they are offered to school teachers. Ask the General Manager or go to the Customer Service desk. Most of these businesses do require “proof” of homeschooling. A copy of your “Affidavit of Intent to Home School” will work, as will your membership card to homeschool organizations such as AFHE, HSLDA, etc. Apply for your Educator Discount Store before making your purchase.
BARNES & NOBLE (several locations) – 20% discount on books you will use for school. Bring educator discount card, AFHE or HSLDA membership card or Affidavit of Intent to Home School. Must renew every year.
1056 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa AZ
8034 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ
(19th Ave & Northern)
Arizona’s largest used book store and entertainment exchange with additional locations in Tucson, Flagstaff, and Sierra Vista. Children enrolled in the Kids Club get a 10% discount on all purchases. They also receive a $5 Bookmans’ Gift Certificate around their birthday. Fill out the form in the store or print out the handy online application. Take your Home School Affidavit along for verification and get a Teacher’s Discount card for20% off purchases.
BORDERS (several locations) – Borders offers a Homeschool Educator 20% discount on books for homeschool teachers. Bring AFHE or HSLDA membership card or Affidavit of Intent to Home School. They will give you a special card that gives you a discount every time you shop there. With a current educator discount card you can also be placed on their mailing list to learn about upcoming educator functions and additional offers.
GARDNER’S BOOK SERVICE
602-863-6000 or 800-851-6001
16461 N. 25th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85023
The largest inventory in the Southwest for teachers, librarians, educators, and parents! Wholesale prices, enormous selection, friendly service and efficient delivery. Warehouse open six days a week; full catalog available at website; discount to homeschoolers.
HALF-PRICE BOOKS – Buy books at half price; plus get cash for your books, music, videos, DVDs and software. (Unfortunately they won’t offer very much for them – the credits at Bookman’s are a better deal if you plan on purchasing more books.) Check with the store; some offer a 10% discount to homeschoolers.
HAMMETT’S LEARNING WORLD (formerly Teaching Tools)
420 E. Bell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85022
(in Safeway Plaza)
Instructional materials, teaching aids, educational toys & games; J.L. Hammett Co. products; 10% discount.
HOLLYWOOD VIDEO – free video rental of educational videos to homeschoolers
JO-ANN’S STORES – Art & craft materials, decorative items, sewing and quilting supplies. Quilting and sewing classes are offered regularly for children, teens, and adults. Most locations also offer a free monthly kids’ craft. Visit their website to find a location near you. I was told that they also provide discounts for homeschoolers.
KELLY PAPER – 10% discount off regular prices. Kelly Paper is located on University and Smith (between McClintock and Price) in Tempe. For more information, call 480-829-0298.
KINKO’S COPY CENTERS – 10-20% discount
LAKESHORE LEARNING STORE – Sign up for the Teacher’s Club Card and save 15% every day off hundreds of specially selected items.
PHOENIX SYMPHONY – The Phoenix Symphony offers $5 Student Access Tickets to homeschool students and chaperones. There is also a one-hour-before-the show discount ticket available for $10.00 per child per show. For less than the price of a movie your children can discover the joys of Classical music! They offer this price for Thursday and Saturday evening concerts as well as Sunday matinee concerts; there is a $5 handling fee for the order. For Student Group Tickets, please contact the Group Sales Office by phone at 602-495-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
STAPLES TEACHER REWARD PROGRAM – Staples has a Teacher Reward Program. As a Teacher Reward member, you will receive a $10 Staples reward certificate each time you accumulate $100 in purchases, plus receive 15% off all copy center services. Visit your local Staples store for an enrollment form. Or, call the Teacher Rewards Hotline at 1-888-636-9555 and join over the phone. For more details and a downloadable enrollment form, click here. (Customers may be asked to provide proof such as a pay stub/teaching certificate from a school or Homeschool Association.)
TANDY LEATHER – Homeschoolers receive wholesale prices at Tandy Leather in Tempe (see Jim Augustson, manager)
WALDENBOOKS – 15-20% discount on books you will use for school. Bring AFHE or HSLDA membership card or Affidavit of Intent to Home School.
Good Student Rewards
BLOCKBUSTER – rewards students for hard work in school by giving free rentals for good grades. Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade who have an A or B average on their report card can present the report card at their neighborhood Blockbuster store to receive one free Blockbuster Favorite rental. (Some stores do not participate.)
CHUCK E. CHEESE – Tokens For Grades: Up to a 15 token maximum, kids can receive 3 tokens for each “A”, 2 tokens for each “B” and 1 token for each “C” on their report card. Online Reward Calendars make it easy for you to keep track of your child’s progress. You should be able to benefit from the program if you have any documentation showing a student’s progress and explain to the manager that they are home schooled.
McDONALD’S – Students with a straight “A” report card receive: Kindergarten-5th grades – free Happy Meal. 6th-12th grades – free Value Meal. McDonald’s are individually owned and operated. Call ahead to find out if their store participates.
PETER PIPER PIZZA – offers Good Student Awards, I Did Great Today, and Reading Reward Programs. Contact each store for participation details.
BASKIN ROBBINS – Visit Baskin Robbins on-line for their birthday club. Receive one free ice cream during your birthday month. Only at participating stores. Sign up on-line and receive the coupon in the mail. Also receive a coupon for $2.00 a Birthday Cake.1-800-859-5339
BOOKMANS KIDS CLUB – 10% discount on books for children enrolled in the Kids Club. They also send a $5 Bookmans’ Gift Certificate to the birthday child around their birthday. Fill out the form in the store or print out the handy online application.
COLD STONE CREAMERY – Free birthday ice cream cone on your birthday. Just fill out the on-line application, print out the coupon, and take it with you to the store.
DENNY’S KIDS BIRTHDAY CLUB – Children ages 10 and younger receive a postcard in the mail for a free kids entree and free kids sundae. Click on Birthday Applications on their web site, register with the Printable Document Form, and mail in to address listed to receive a coupon in the mail to take with you to the store.
JOE’S REAL BBQ – Downtown Gilbert – Free meal on your birthday (includes sandwich, side, fountain soda and slice of lemon cake). Adults need photo I.D. Also, in the Month of May, in celebration of National BBQ Month, Joe’s BBQ celebrates by offering a Customer Appreciation Free Lunch Day. Details about the Free Lunch Day will be in the restaurant in late April or early May. 480-503-3805, 301 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
LANDMARK RESTAURANT – Let the server know about the birthday and the guest or child will receive a free bread pudding or ice cream sundae with a candle.
MAKUTU’S ISLAND – Free child entrance and t-shirt when you sign up on-line for their Kids’ Club. Also receive a coupon for $20.00 off a Birthday Party package.
480-893-0106, 6919 W. Ray Road Chandler, AZ. 480-966-5883, 525 W. Mill Ave, Tempe 480-981-0010, Mesa
MY BIG FAT GREEK RESTAURANT will sing “Happy Birthday” in Greek and then present the you with some baklava on your birthday. Tell server upon your arrival.
OREGANO’S offers a free “Original Pizza Cookie” on your birthday. Tell server upon your arrival.
PETER PIPER PIZZA – Birthday club for kids 12 and under. Register on the web site or at the store and receive coupon in the mail. The birthday child will receive one free 7 inch 1 topping pizza. Additional values for Birthday parties. Look for other coupon specials on the Web Site.
480-892-6500, Gilbert and Basline
480-345-9700, Tempe, Baseline and McClintock
Kids Eat Free
Below is a list of restaurants that offer free kids’ meals. Please verify with each establishment in the event they have changed.
BURGER KING KIDS CLUB – On-line registration for children 12 years and under. They will send you coupons for a free kids meal.
CHICK-FIL-A – Kids Night – Free kids meal with paid adult meal.
Crossroads Towne Center, Gilbert Road & 202, 480-812-1717 – Mondays, 5:00-7:00 PM.
Gilbert Gateway Town Center, Power Road & 202, 480-988-6252 – Mondays, 5:00-7:00 PM Riverview, 905 N. Dobson Rd, Mesa, 480-834-0573 – Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 PM
Check other locations to see if/when they offer Kids Night
DENNY’S – Tuesdays … 10 and under
GARCIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT – Mondays
2394 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85224, 480-963-0067
IGUANA MACK’S – Wednesdays … 12 & under w/purchase of Adult Meal
1371 N. Alma School Rd. Chandler, AZ 85224, 480-899-6735
LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE – Tuesdays all day and Saturday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM … Ages 12 and under, purchase 1 adult and get two kids meals free. Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix locations
RAINFOREST CAFE – Wednesdays between 5 and 9:30 PM … 12 years and under eat for $1.99. Arizona Mills Mall, 5000 South Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, AZ 85282, 480-752-9100
RIGATONY’S – Wednesdays … 12 and under w/purchase of adult meal
1374 N. Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ, Phone: 480-899-1111
223 E. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ Phone: 480-649-3333
SOUPER SALAD – Sundays, all day long … 4 and under eat free, for $2.49, regularly $3.49. 1310 S. Longmore (Southern & Longmore) – This location only – 480-890-8313
TGI FRIDAY’S – Mondaysand Tuesdays, 4-10 pm … 1 free kids meal per each paid adult
VALLE LUNA MEXICAN RESTAURANT – Wednesdays, 4:00 PM and after … 12 and under $.99 per meal. 1949 W Ray Rd, Chandler, 480-786-3100